School Midday meal
The Akshaya Patra Foundation provides the Mid-Day Meal Programme for school children to over 1.7 million children across 12 states of India every day. Through the school feeding programme the Foundation has succeeded in providing children with an incentive to attend school and get educated. Very often children are forced to drop out of school in order to earn enough for a daily meal. The Mid-Day Meal Programme in schools was created by the Government of India in recognition of this problem, and implemented by organisations like Akshaya Patra.
The school Mid-Day meal provided by Akshaya Patra is wholesome food carefully cooked with strict adherence to high safety and quality standards, to serve to the children. Akshaya Patra’s Mid-Day Meal Programme for school children, which has been running for the past 16 years has had proven results of increasing school enrolment and attendance, producing better concentration and energy levels, and even creating more social equality amidst students.
This school feeding programme which started with feeding just 1,500 children across five schools in Bengaluru today operates out of 39 kitchen units catering to 14,314 Government and Government aided schools in the country. The reach of the organisation has grown so large that it is now a globally renowned name, and is the world’s largest provider of the Mid-Day Meal Programme in schools. Currently Akshaya Patra is working to expand its school Mid Day meal scheme with its mission to feed 5 million children by 2020.